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New US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices of 4-20-2018 is about the same as those in previous years ―  In 2017's and 2016's the US Country Reports,  principal human rights problems were labor exploitation of migrant workers by fishing companies, exploitation of domestic workers by brokerage agencies, and official corruption...    In 2014's report , Taiwan still suffers from human rights problems - corruption in high places, rapes and cases of domestic violence, etc.   Paris-based <Reporters Sans Frontieres>: Taiwan’s ranking for press freedom fell three notches from last year.  Freedom House: Taiwan's media freedom declines again (BBC: declines for consecutive 3 years).






pic. left: No. 1 "Taiwan human rights" on US Bing, 3-6-2019

pic. rights: No. 1 "Taiwanese human rights" on US Bing, 10-1-2018


The ROC on Taiwan, has most of the characteristics of an independent state, however, Taiwan's image and brand personality suffered for getting benefits by any means  ( as Confucius analects : "窮斯濫" )  and having some principal human rights problems as below:

 Exploitation of  foreign workers,  official corruption,  some media self-censorship with regard to China, vote buying, etc (USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices, March 3, 2017, 4-20-2018).

●  <Foreign Policy>, 2015: Taiwan politics belongs to corporations (not the people) and is controlled by the political parties.  <UDN> editorial,12-6-2018: Taiwan's democracy exists in name only ...;  <United Daily News>, Opinion, 3-7-2017Now it seems hard to keep Taiwan's skin-deep democracy ... the people's "livelihood" was sacrificed for politics ...

The United Daily News, editorial opinion (9-19-2018) : "secret police" (「東廠們」) have been active around us ... The Liberty Times, head-page, The China Times, head-page, 12-8-2018:   Taiwan P.M. (賴清德): "Secret Police event" (「東廠事件」) has seriously damaged public trust on the government...;    UDN 11-3-2018,  Intel. sys. (NSB) confirmed their investigations of Facebook and other's communities on the net, all internet platform service providers in Taiwan were requested to hand in all users' personal information/data.   <Apple Daily (蘋果日報)> 11-7-2018 editorial opinion:  by whatever name ( "secret police" or "national security bureau") it is called, what "it" did secretly were always more than what it admitted. 

●  The China Times 5-9-2018 column article <This is an EVIL state apparatus> : Taiwan has shown a tendency toward pandering state apparatus, surrendering in mind control ...


Taiwan is far behind and keeps stalling over legislating a new law against torture and other cruel, conclusively advised by international review panel ( Philip Alston, law professor at New York University; Eibe Riedel, former member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Jerome Cohen, law professor at New York University; and Nisuke Ando, professor emeritus at Kyoto University, etc. )  (ref. to Apple Daily, headline, 12-9-2017)  Taiwan's opposition party vice presidential candidate, NTU professor Lin Ruey-Shiung, was subject to electromagnetic wave attacks (French AFP ,Dec. 1, 2011 , Thailand's Bangkok Post,  Dec. 3, 2011, Yahoo UK & Ireland, etc. ), Taiwan gov. denied this. 


 The China Times, 10-20-2018  opinion (editorial)   https://opinion.chinatimes.com/20181019003889-262101 :

Taiwan's food safety failed again and again,  Dioxin, Fipronil poison-eggs in last year, Nicarbazin illegal drug residue event in this year.  Europe was very cautious about Fipronil event, in contrast, Taiwan did nothing about it.   Even worse, Taiwan officials hide Nicarbazin issue from Taiwanese people to baby related business indulge business to retrieve problematic eggs and then resell them as promotion goods..Why do high-ranking officials always fudge Taiwanese people's only, and humblest request ??   (brief)    UDN, 2-17-2019: Gov. did not declared poison eggs until almost sold out...

Apple Daily (12-7-2018) editorial :  Taiwan's corruption is off the charts by collusions between government officials and business owners,  furthermore, Taiwan's underworld going wild to assist government officials, business and some elected representatives (e.g., legislators) in corruption has been ahead of most corrupt countries, e.g., China, Indonesia, Brazil, Philippines, Vietnam, the stinky rotten food-chain crossing pan-Blue (Nationalist, KMT) and pan-Green (DPP) resurges after Taiwan's elections...

●  Taiwan largely sees these telecom frauds/phone scammers as an asset rather than liability...  (quora, 4-16-2016);  Taiwan is notorious for its fraud crimes all over the world ( EBC TV, 4-9-2017,  UDN opinion, 12-24-2017, CTV evening news, 12-14-2017 ).   It's not easy for Taiwan to clean its bad name of 'fraud-crime empire' because Rome is not built in one day.  (Asia Association of Police Studies, secretary general, China Times, 11-7-2017)


●  Philippine President Duterte ... blaming Taiwan-based organised crime behind all this drug traffic... for using his country as a shipping hub. (Reuters, 9-27-2017, The Straits Times, 9-29-2017)   Duterte: Triad supplying illegal drugs to PH is based in Taiwan, not China (inquirer.net, 9-26-2017).  Taiwan was already reduced to be a 'kingdom' of producing narcotic drugs.  (United Daily, headline news, 11-2-2017)   Taiwan is notorious for being a major drug transit center & a major drug exporting country, part of Taiwanese government refused to put efforts to improve this issue. (UDN Opinion, 11-6-2017, The China Times, head-page & focus, 4-4-2017, The Liberty Times,  5-12-2017)
 The Diplomat (4-14-2016) :  Taiwan's illegal fishing is 'out of control', GreenPeace criticized Taiwan gov. for knowing this issue but does little EU warned since 2015 Taiwan with a yellow card for illegal fishing, Taiwan failed to improved this till Fall 2017.

●  The government has not well taken its fundamental responsibility of protecting the safety of people's life and property - why are there so many tall buildings located on the fault-zone? why are poor architectures everywhere on bad geologic grounds ? why are those shit-hole politicians doing nothing and ignoring urban renewal so as to risk millions of old houses and human beings ?   (full text: https://udn.com/news/story/11321/2974813 聯合報社論/斷層帶上何以建了那麼多高樓?  2-8-2018,  https://udn.com/news/story/7338/2977079 勿讓軟腳樓成坑殺人命陷阱 2-9-2018,  https://tw.appledaily.com/headline/daily/20180209/37928659花蓮 都更 爛政客   2-9-2018)

●   The Liberty Times, head-page, The China Times, head-page, 12-8-2018:   Taiwan P.M. (賴清德):  Taiwan has not made significant progress on judicial reform, which is roiling with public discontent;  <The United Daily>,  06-18-2016, head page news: Taiwan's prosecutors admit usually following order to conclude legal cases.  <USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices>, 2016-2018, and media of Taiwan: Taiwan's justice ministry was insufficiently independent, public trust on Taiwan's judiciary system keeps falling down.  <United Daily>, opinion column, 12-16-2017:  Taiwan's public voice with a heavy heart  : The prosecutors should abide by the law too... don't be a political tool.   <UDN>, 2-13-2018:  Taiwan's Minister of Judiciary and secretary of Justice Ministry issued progress report of judicial reform Public trust in judges is always low, the protection mechanism of lawsuit right is still not good enough.


EU General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR was given to effect at 5-25-2018, Taiwan is far behind, even is going in an opposite way  / Apple Daily 蘋果日報, 5-28-2018,  National Taiwan University Law School professor 林鈺雄


Taiwan administration's policy led to air pollution, toxic pollution in the land and sea ...   (The China Times, 1-7-2018 台灣海陸空污染毒害山海變色 http://www.chinatimes.com/newspapers/20180107000465-260114Daily Mail (UK) 7-14-2017 : Shocking underwater video from Taiwanshows ocean floor littered with plastic (bottles) garbage)

Taiwan failed to solve food-safety issue, professors and MDs advised eating at home.  (The China Times. 8-6-2016, <食品不安全的年代如何自保>, 2016, etc.)

Taiwan is dishonest and 'cruel' trying to block or hide, delay public-health news, e.g., poisoned eggs, PCV virus vaccine, and Bird-flu more than one time (1-2-2018 UDN, 2012 BBC news :  www.bbc.com/zhongwen/trad/chinese_news/2012/03/120304_taiwan_birdflu_investigate) ,  not to mention big issues. The China Times 5-26-2018 column : The government likes to conceal bad news, put paper over the cracks, e.g., air pollution, rupture of diplomatic relationships, ...

●  State violence and white terror (product of state violence) return in Taiwan (United Daily, opinion, 12-21-2017, 12-27-2017).  Taiwan's Facebook "Green terror" suppressed free expression...... (Wikipedia 2017, The China Times, opinion, 11-18-2017).       The key-point is state violence (Apple Daily, opinion, 8-16-2013).

 Taiwan's Intelligence and secret-agent systems keep on governing the country ... they're true Prime Minister (行政院長), ...So many suspected political murder cases remain unsolved  (ref to 2018.7.26【政經看民視】 FTV, "政經看民視", 7-26-2018;  SET(三立電視), 9-24-2013 "Secret agents govern the nation (特務治國)" www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBdZCdYrwF4;  Era TV,   年代電視, 9-22-2013; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1b4R2m6K3g; "Secret agent systems resurgence to control the nation (特務復辟治國)" repression !


Besides, at March 1, 2013, the review panel
(10 int'l experts in Human Rights, e.g., Philip Alston, law professor at New York University; Eibe Riedel, former member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Jerome Cohen, law professor at New York University, etc)
urged better corporate responsibility and transitional justice, more transparency in government decision-making on human rights issues...

At Jan. 29, 2015,  Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je in <Foreign Policy> commented Taiwanese democracy: Does Taiwan have democracy? Real democracy means politics belongs to the people. Taiwanese politics belongs to corporations and is controlled by political parties.  In 2016, corruption and diminish political influence in the judiciary  problems remained.

According to 2013 survey (Dec. 10, 2013) conducted by The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD ) & SHU that shows a "F" score (rating 2.7/5.0 points) on overall human rights status ―  in decline for a third consecutive year (judiciary, fair trials. non-corruption, communication privacy, health rights... all fail).  According to 2012 survey (Dec. 4, 2012) by the Taipei-based Chinese Association for Human Rights, 43.4% of the respondents rated Taiwan's overall performance in human rights protection this year as either “bad” or “very bad” , only 38 percent of Taiwanese held positive views on Taiwan's human rights of this year, which is far worse than 57 percent of last year... <Apple daily News> comments Taiwan's freedom of speech is in retreat, and scholars worry about Taiwan's democracy doesn't work well, <Taiwan News> uses the headline "Taiwan's human rights get thumbs-down in poll!"...
According to another 2012 survey (Dec. 7, 2012) of public opinion by the government-affiliated Taiwan Foundation for Democracy,
Public feels Taiwan's human rights deteriorating... Official corruption, the government’s inability to fill people’s needs and media independence were top public concerns...
According to DPP's poll in Human Rights Day (Dec. 10, 2012), 62.3 % of Taiwanese are dissatisfied with the government's protection of human rights, 67 % of Taiwanese are dissatisfied with the government's protection of
judicial human rights (
司法人權), 64.9% of Taiwanese are dissatisfied with political  human rights. (政治人權)....

According to an opinion survey (Dec. 9, '10), in general,  ordinary Taiwanese people gave "Fail" score to Taiwan's human rights  &  democratic freedom ......, Another survey  (Dec. 8, 2011) expressed "scholars criticized :  Taiwan has moved backward on all issues of human rights", the score in the past 3 years is "Fail". (reported by The Liberty Times)


Dr. Joseph Nye ( a former dean of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and a former assistant secretary of defense,  a deputy assistant secretary of state ) said in a speech under the theme of "Taiwan's Soft Power" at Dec. 8, 2010 that :“The answer is as long as Taiwan stands for democracy and human rights, that will be impossible ( the Americans make a deal and sell out Taiwan for something that they want from China) in American political culture.”

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The most significant human rights issues included corruption and exploitation of foreign workers including forced labor. USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices,   4-20-2018  concern about the impact of the concentration of media ownership on freedom of the press, particularly among companies with PRC investment.

 business leaders in Taiwan raised concerns that journalists whose reports were perceived as hurting the interests of businesses could face retaliation in the form of lawsuits and other threats.

corruption continues, but  the justice ministry was insufficiently independent and conducted politically motivated investigations of politicians.

Rape and Domestic Violence: The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and domestic violence. Many victims did not report the crime for fear of social stigmatization, and various NGO and academic studies estimated the total number of sexual assaults was seven to 10 times the number reported to police.

There was reported discrimination, including employment discrimination, against persons with HIV/AIDS

Labor laws do not cover domestic workers, leaving them vulnerable to labor exploitation. Forced labor occurred in such sectors as domestic services, fishing, farming, manufacturing, and construction. Foreign workers were most susceptible to forced labor, especially when serving as crew members on Taiwan-flagged fishing vessels. Some labor brokers charged foreign workers exorbitant recruitment fees and used debts incurred from these fees in the source country as tools of coercion to subject the workers to debt bondage... Violations of legal working hours were common in all sectors.

Household caregivers and domestic workers are not protected under the law and are not covered by a mandated minimum wage, overtime pay, limits on the workday or workweek, minimum breaks, or vacation regulations. Brokerage agencies often require workers to take out loans for “training” and other fees at local branches of Taiwan banks in their home countries at high interest rates, leaving them vulnerable to debt bondage.

numerous reports of exploitation and poor working conditions of foreign fishing crews on Taiwan-flagged long-haul vessels.


Principal human rights problems reported : exploitation of foreign workers,  domestic violence; and official corruption. USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices,   3-3-2017 Principal human rights problems reported : exploitation of foreign workers, including foreign crewmembers on long-haul fishing vessels and household caregivers; domestic violence; and official corruption.

Other main concerns : some media self-censorship with regard to China; vote buying; violations of legal working hours; lack of barrier-free spaces and accessible transportation systems for persons with disabilities, particularly outside Taipei; a rise in child abuse and gender-biased sex selection.


Judiciary: Some legal scholars and politicians said the justice ministry was insufficiently independent and conducted politically motivated investigations of politicians. The Control Yuan is responsible for impeachment of officials in cases of wrongdoing.

Corruption: 201 officials, including 23 high-ranking officials, on corruption charges.  A survey conducted in July by the Crime Research Center of National Chung Cheng University found that 76 percent of respondents were dissatisfied with authorities’ anticorruption efforts.


Women: Rape and Domestic Violence:  spousal rape, and domestic violence. Many victims did not report the crime for fear of social stigmatization, and various nongovernmental organization (NGO) and academic studies estimated that the total number of sexual assaults was seven to 10 times the number reported to police.  Women were promoted less frequently, occupied fewer management positions, and worked for lower pay than men, earning on average 83 percent of their male counterparts’ income

Discrimination: Foreign and PRC-born spouses were targets of discrimination both inside and outside the home. There was reported discrimination, including employment discrimination, against persons with HIV/AIDS

Immigrants: Types of exploitation included migrant workers becoming victims of domestic violence and official corruption.   Human rights groups had long protested that the law left migrant workers open to exploitation from third-party brokers.


Taiwan  retreated in Corruption Perceptions Index <Transparency International> Germany, 1-25-2017 Taiwan  received score 61, one point less than the previous year, on the Corruption Perceptions Index for 2016 published by Transparency International.   World No.1 countries, Denmark and New Zealand got score 90.   Singapore got the highest score (84) and highest ranking (No.7) among Asian countries,  Hong Kong at No.15 with 77 points and Japan at  No.20 with 72 points.  
Taiwan's press freedom at 45th place Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF), 4-26-2017 Taiwan’s situation as “media freedom on hold,” stating that “the main threat to media freedom comes from China, which has been exerting growing economic and political pressure on the Taiwanese media.”

Local government officials are also directly interfering in the editorial policies of state-owned media,

RSF opened their first Asia bureau headquarters in Taipei in 2017.

 Top rankings :  19 Australia  18 portugal  17 Slovakia  16 Germany  15 Luxemburg  14 Ireland  13 New Zealand  12  Estonia  11 Austria 10 Iceland  9 Belgium 8 Jamaica  7  Swiss  6  Costa Rica  5 Nederland  4  Denmark  3  Finland   2 Sweden  1  Norway

principal human rights problems were labor exploitation of migrant workers by fishing companies, exploitation of domestic workers by brokerage agencies, and official corruption. USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices,   4-13-2016 Taiwan's judicial system suffered from some corruption.  Although authorities made efforts to eliminate corruption and diminish political influence in the judiciary, some residual problems remained.  Some political commentators and academics also publicly questioned the impartiality of judges and prosecutors involved in high-profile and politically sensitive cases...
total number of sexual assaults was seven to 10 times the number reported to police.  Women were promoted less frequently, occupied fewer management positions, and worked for lower pay than their male counterparts.
Gov. infringed on freedom of the press, violated the journalists’ human rights, and were meant to deter media coverage of protests. Censorship or Content Restrictions: Local academics and media activists alleged that self-censorship continued as some media chose to present news stories in favor of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) due to political considerations and the influence of local businesses with close ties to the PRC.
Women’s groups reported that judicial authorities were sometimes dismissive of sexual harassment complaints.
Persons with disabilities and HIV-positive persons remained vulnerable to discrimination in employment and occupation. The unemployment rate of persons with disabilities was much higher than that of individuals without disabilities. Non-profit and advocacy groups said many public and private sector employers opted to pay fines rather than meeting hiring quotas for persons with disabilities. There were also reports of indirect discrimination in the hiring process, such as employers failing to provide assistive devices in pre-employment tests.
Press Freedom score 24.37 - worse than 24.83 on 2015's report Paris-based <Reporters Sans Frontieres> (RSF, Reporters without Borders), 4-21-2016 Taiwan was ranked No. 51 (score 24.37 - worse than 24.83 on 2015's report) according to World Press Freedom Index 2016 released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).   The main threat to media freedom comes from China, which has been exerting growing economic and political pressure on the Taiwanese media. The editorial line of some privately-owned media has changed radically and it is no longer rare to find media outlets taking a line similar to the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda. Journalistic independence is also threatened by Taiwanese officials who interfere directly in the editorial policies of the state-owned media.  
Taiwan score 91, same as world No. 37~42 countries <Freedom House>, USA  ( a Washington-based think tank ),  2-1-2017 /ASIA-PACIFIC  Regional Rankings & Scores Taiwan's Global Rank  is No. 44,   No.7 in Asia Pacific,press freedom score is 26。Taiwan's freedom 2017 aggregate score 91(100: Most Free), same score as Bahamas, Costa Rica, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, St Vincent & Grenadines, Taiwan is at position 42 in the table.  The US's scores on Political Rights, Civil Liberties, Freedom Rating are same as Taiwan, but USA's aggregate score listed world No. 51.
Norway (No.1), Sweden, Canada, Nederland, Australia, Luxemberg, New Zealand, Uruguay, Barbados, Denmark, Iceland, etc are top score countries.
The China Times editorial (2-4-2017) questioned this institution was sponsored by US government and mostly interviewed with people in DPP circle, CT also commented this report doesn't take into account some major indexes - e.g., the gov. corruption, operation, stability, etc, Taiwan media's  major issues today are narrowly partisan politics and conflicts each other, too over populism without guidelines and directions, Ideology being stirred up to oppose to each other.
An comment article by Official representatives from 19 countries,   at Human Rights Day 2016 representatives in Taipei/ Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech, Denmark, Euro., Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italia, Luxembourg, Holland, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Swiss, UK Human Rights Day as a reminder, Let's get together to be human rights defenders fighting against prejudice, hatred, and discrimination.

We should commit ourselves to protect human kind's core value  ―  basic rights in 《ICESCR》and《ICCPR》, regardless race, 、gender、appetencereligion and ideology.

In 2013, the members ( int'l experts) of the review panel examined Taiwan's reports regarding 《ICESCR》and《ICCPR》, and gave Taiwanese government 81 advices and review items, only several (less than 10) among them were adopted and improved ...   We also particularly concern about death penalty in Taiwan ...   (brief, translation - full text pls ref to Apple Daily 12-10-2016)


printed in Apple Daily, at Human Rights Day, 12-10-2016
politically motivated decision that does not deliver justice. <AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL >, 4-5-2016 The execution of six people in Taiwan is a regressive decision, politically motivated decision that does not deliver justice. / Apple Daily 4-7-2016.  
Principal problems:  labor exploitation of migrant &  domestic workers and official corruption. USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices,   6.26.2015 Principal human rights problems /  labor exploitation of migrant workers by fishing companies, exploitation of domestic workers by brokerage agencies, and official corruption.

Speech freedom / protesters occupied the Executive Yuan. Police forcibly evicted them the next day using batons and water cannon. According to media reports, at least 174 persons, including 119 police officers, were injured in the incident.   Local media have reported incidents of police obstruction and violence directed at journalists who were covering protests against administration policies.  Local academics and media activists alleged that self-censorship continued as some media chose to present news stories in favor of the PRC due to political considerations and the influence of local businesses with close ties to the PRC.
Corruption and Lack of Transparency in GovernmentShare/  Some legal scholars and politicians alleged that the Ministry of Justice was not sufficiently independent, claiming that ministry authorities conducted politically motivated investigations of politicians.  authorities indicted 687 officials, including 69 high-ranking officials, on corruption charges during the year. There were no reports of impunity.
Women/ 7,175 reports filed for rape or sexual assault. As of November courts indicted 810 persons...total number of sexual assaults was seven to 10 times the number reported to police...  women continued to be promoted less frequently, occupied fewer management positions, and worked for lower pay than did their male counterparts.
HIV and AIDS Social Stigma/  There was reported discrimination, including employment discrimination, against people with HIV/AIDS
Taiwan does not deliver justice London-based Amnesty International organization , 6-5-2015 The execution of six people in Taiwan today is a regressive decision that does not deliver justice, Amnesty International said. ...“The public outrage at the horrific murder of an innocent schoolgirl is totally understandable and the perpetrators of such heinous crimes must face justice, but the death penalty is never the answer,”...  
calling again on Taiwan to introduce an immediate moratorium on executions The EU ( the European Union) , 6-5-2015 The EU again calls on the authorities in Taiwan to introduce an immediate moratorium on executions as recommended by international experts in March 2013 following Taiwan's first human rights report, and as observed in Taiwan from 2006 to April 2010.  
Taiwan's press-freedom score from last year's 24 down to 27, ranked no.48 ,  fell 1 place from last year's <Freedom House>, USA  ( a Washington-based think tank ),  4-29-2015


the vigorous and diverse press reports aggressively on government policies and alleged official wrongdoings.  But, political polarization, self-censorship, and indirect communist Chinese influence somewhat limit the diversity of opinions in mainstream media.  Journalists occasionally face pressure to self-censor on topics important to Red Chinese government.  Many Taiwanese media owners have business connection in China, or like to earn ads. revenue from mainland Chinese companies, making them wary of upsetting Beijing.  Besides, hackers attacked those media criticizing Chinese government, although the authority took investigation on that, Taiwan's press freedom score and ranking position fell.  ref. Liberty Times, 4-30-2015
 Concerns remained in the freedom of peaceful assembly, etc. London-based Amnesty International , 2-25-2015  A.I. concerns included Taiwan’s continued use of capital punishment ( continued to impose death sentences and carry out executions.), the freedom of peaceful assembly, prison conditions, housing and land rights issues, and gender discrimination.  
Taiwan's Press Freedom Index fell 1 place Paris-based <Reporters Sans Frontieres> (RSF, Reporters without Borders)

Feb. 13, 2015


Taiwan fell one notch from that in 2014's report, according to World Press Freedom Index 2015 released yesterday by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Taiwan ranked no.51.
Taiwan still suffers from the exploitation of migrant workers and from corruption in high places, rapes and cases of domestic violence, etc. The US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013, released at Feb. 27, 2014  

(1) corruption : 573 Taiwanese officials — including 39 “high-ranking” officials — were indicted on corruption charges. Among those indicted include former Executive Yuan Secretary-General Lin Yi-shih (林益世).

(2) Judiciary : the judicial system suffered from corruption, and that the impartiality of judges and prosecutors involved in high-profile and politically sensitive cases had been questioned.

(3) prison: The case of former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) continued to receive high-profile attention from domestic and international human rights activists who accused the authorities of political persecution and criticized the conditions of his imprisonment,

(4) privacy: some legal experts and politicians alleged the Ministry of Justice was not sufficiently independent, claiming that ministry authorities conducted politically motivated investigations of politicians.

Taiwanese authorities illegally wiretapped lawmakers of both the ruling Kuomintang and the DPP during an investigation that led to a KMT attempt to revoke Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng’s (王金平) party membership.  The high-profile case of Wang's alleged intervention in a legal case on behalf of opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘).

(5) speech and the press:  were generally free, pressure from China and from local businessmen had led to some self-censorship: e.g., media don't report that Gallup poll that found Taiwanese were pessimistic about their daily life, etc.

(6) many rapes and cases of domestic violence were not reported because victims were socially stigmatized, noting that the number of sexual assaults was estimated to be 10 times the number reported to Police. About 19,174 children and teenagers were said to suffer abuse during the year and there were children under the age of 18 engaged in prostitution.

(7)Death of Hung Chung-chiu (洪仲丘) has drawn speculations on alleged use of torture in Taiwan's military.

(8) foreign household caregivers and domestic workers in Taiwan are unable to enjoy the same rights enjoyed by their Taiwanese counterparts, including a minimum wage and/or overtime pay, limits on workdays and/or workweeks, break entitlements, as well as vacations.


Taiwan's media freedom  declines   <Freedom House>, USA
 ( a Washington-based think tank ),

 May 2, 2014
Taiwan fell 1 places from the 2013's report.

Taiwan has been ranked 48th in the world for media freedom and labeled "free" by the US-based NGO Freedom House.

 "Freedom in the world 2015" (Jan. 29, 2015) : Taiwan's score on "Evolution of Freedom" is same as 2014.


Globally, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden tied for first place, while North Korea came in last at 197th.
Taiwan’s ranking for press freedom fell three notches from last year to 50th  Paris-based <Reporters Sans Frontieres> (RSF, Reporters without Borders), a press freedom watchdog body

Feb. 13, 2014

 according to the World Press Freedom Index 2014 released yesterday by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

The retreat in Taiwan’s global ranking reflected China’s growing economic clout, which has allowed Beijing to extend its influence over the media in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, “which had been largely spared political censorship until recently,”

The US was singled out for the conviction of WikiLeaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning, its pursuit of Edward Snowden, a former contractor at the US National Security Agency, and the secret seizure of telephone records from The Associated Press.

RSF said the US had suffered “one of the most significant declines” in press freedom last year, dropping 13 places to 46th in the 180-country index


Finland retained the top position in the overall list, ahead of the Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg and Andorra.


Taiwan's corruption index declined

High-position officials in serious corruption status

PERC’s 2014 Report on Corruption in Asia

Asian Intelligence Reports Index

Mar. 19, 2014


Taiwan's judiciary system failed to strike systematic corruption, e.g., Tai-chung High Court judge Hu (胡景彬) taking bribery.

Asia's ranking status:
1 Singapore (score 1.6),  2 Japan(2.08) , 3 Australia(2.55) , 4 Hong Kong(2.95), 5 USA(3.50) , 6 Macau(3.65) , 7 Malaysia(5.25),  8 TW(5.31),  9 S. Korea (7.05), 10 Chn(7.10)



Index of Economic Freedom, 2014 <Heritage Foundation> & <WallStreet Journal>,  Jan. 15, 2014


Taiwan's declined in the following index :

Freedom From Corruption ( 59.7 declined); Business Freedom (93.9); Monetary Freedom(81.7);Labor Freedom(53.1);Government Spending(84.7);Fiscal Freedom(80.3)

Taiwan has significant improvements in financial freedom and investment freedom outweighing small declines in six of the 10 economic freedoms including freedom from corruption...


2015 Index of Economic Freedom -  Taiwan overall score 75.1,  a relatively high level of perceived corruption and a rigid labor market still restrain Taiwan’s overall economic freedom.
The 2013 Global Corruption Barometer reported 36% of people (surveyed in TW) who has used any of eight of government services in the past year had paid a bribe (the number is higher than global average number).

Taiwan's worst corruption institutions/units are: the Legislative Yuan, political parties, Taiwan's media, judicial systems (judges, prosecutors), public servants, police and the military.

<Transparency International>, Germany, July 9, 2013 The finding of 2013 Global Corruption Barometer (GCB, by TI Chinese Taipei branch):
(1)The came-out worst corruption institution:  the Legislative Yuan (75% of respondents feel it was affected by corruption).
(2) The political parties (74%).
(3) Taiwan's media (62%).
(4) Judiciary (57%).
(5) Police, the military, public officials and civil servants all are finishing at 56 percent.
(6) Non-governmental organizations (31%).
As regard the changes of corruption in Taiwan, 48% respondents thought the problem has decreased a little.
The Gallop Poll has interviewed 114,000 people in 107 countries all over the world.

CNA(7.22): IT's Taipei office confirms a  plan for new corruption poll

Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2014 (Dec. 2, 2014):    Taiwan got score 61 (same as previous years, 2014, 2013, 2012).

Taiwan urged to scrap death penalty, improve rights...  (March 1, 2013) The members of the review panel also include Philip Alston, law professor at New York University; Eibe Riedel, former member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Jerome Cohen, law professor at New York University; and Nisuke Ando, professor emeritus at Kyoto University.  ◎ urged better corporate responsibility and transitional justice, more transparency in government decision-making on human rights issues
 ◎ take steps to block mergers or acquisitions of news channels or newspapers
 ◎ urges the government to reduce prisoner numbers by introducing less restrictive provisions on pre-trial bail and parole, and...
 ◎ urged improved rights for Taiwan's migrant workers, indigenous people, women, gay and transgender people, and people with disabilities.
 and so on
 CNA, Focus Taiwan, etc, Mar 1, 2013
Taiwan's parliament & 1/4 Taiwanese have been listened BBC (UK), Sept. 28, 2013,   The Apple Daily,  the Liberty Times,  Sept. 29, 2013, etc Taiwan's parliament (Legislative Yuan, or say The House of Lords + The House of Commons) switchboard has been listened for 3-4 months (特偵監聽國會總機) by special investigation unit.  
Taiwan ruling party hit by scandal, rifts, anger over wiretapping Washington Post, Sept. 12, 2013,
Wall Street Journal,
Sept. 30, 2013
, and other media in China, Japan, etc
Recent allegations of influence peddling by Taiwanese politicians, driven in part by investigators' wiretaps of one lawmaker's cell phone conversations, have stirred fear and paranoia among some political leaders.

"Wiretapping, China Policy Fuel Taiwan Protesters' Discontent"
As with
Edward Snowden’s revelation of extensive wiretapping in the U.S., the incident has raised fears of state invasion of privacy in Taiwan. It has also stirred up bitter memories of the island’s era of martial law under the KMT that lasted from 1949 until 1987, during which dissent was not tolerated.

The principal human rights problems reported in Taiwan last year were judicial corruption and violence against women and children. The US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012, released at April 19, 2013

The report’s 10-page analysis said that “a growing number of observers claimed Chen was being mistreated,” but that authorities had said the treatment Chen was receiving was adequate and that his condition did not warrant parole on medical grounds.  the report did say that the 2009 trial of Chen and his wife, Wu Shu-jen (吳淑珍), had heightened public scrutiny of pre-indictment and pretrial detention, prosecutorial leaks, other possible prosecutorial misconduct and transparency in judicial procedures.
The report said that political commentators and academics had publicly questioned the impartiality of judges and prosecutors involved in high-profile and politically sensitive cases.

★principal human rights problems: “Although the authorities made efforts to eliminate corruption and diminish political influence in the judiciary, some residual problems remained,” the report said.

★Another serious problem in Taiwan was rape, including spousal rape, and violence against women. “Because victims were socially stigmatized, many did not report the crime, and the MOI estimated that the total number of sexual assaults was 10 times the number reported to police,”...

There may also be a problem with sexual harassment in the workplace.... judicial authorities remained dismissive of sexual harassment complaints,” .

★The report said that child abuse also continued to be a widespread problem in Taiwan.

★The report also said there seemed to be discrimination, including in work environments, against people with HIV/AIDS. (ps1: worse than UK's princess Diana or China, ps2: Taipei's social housing policy rejects AIDS patients - 3.2.2013 apple daily news )


The nation’s independent press, an effective judiciary and a functioning democratic political system combined to protect freedom of speech and the press, the report said.
Hung's death has sparkled public outrage in Taiwan and mass protests demanding justice and reforms in the military (CNA, China Post). <CNN>, August 3, 2013 Near a quarter million Taiwanese people marched and gathered in front of the Presidential Office building on the night of Aug. 3rd (local time) demanding justice for the tragic death of young corporal Hung Chung-Chu (洪仲丘) and the improvement of human rights issues in the country's military, Republic of China Army (RCA).  
Taiwanese soldier was murdered by Taiwanese government. <CNN>, July 15, 2013 CNN, ireport, July 19, 2013:

Taiwanese soldier Hung Chung-Chu was murdered by Taiwanese army.

ps: people heard lots of this kind of story happened before.
Taiwan's freedom of the press score drops one point from previous year's report.

Taiwan's ranking (No.8) in Asia & Pacific fell one place from last year (No.7).


<Freedom House>, USA
 ( a Washington-based think tank ),

 May 1, 2013
The main reason Taiwan's freedom of press  falling one point from last year's 25 because of a worse legal environment, (Taiwanese government has put off approving a license for the establishment of a new television station whose owner's financial status turned out to be unsustainable, so must give up the plan  ). Political polarization, self-censorship and indirect Chinese influence limit the diversity of opinions represented in Taiwan’s mainstream media, according to a new report from the US-based watchdog Freedom House. world ranking : 47th. Taiwan was judged to have a “free” press with an overall “freedom score” of 26 points, just one point less free than the previous year.
Freedom House concerns Taiwan media reports show a strong tendency/bias on some  political parties. <Freedom House>, USA
 ( a Washington-based think tank ),

 May 31, 2013
Taiwan media reflect diverse perspectives and report sayings of government's corruption and government policies.  However, Taiwan media show a strong preference/bias on some political party, some candidates.  

Justice system

In August, the Taipei District Prosecutor's Office again decided not to pursue charges against those responsible for airman Chiang Kuo-ching’s wrongful execution in 1997.


Amnesty International , London, UK,
 report 2013



Taiwan carried out six executions. As of December, prosecution and defence lawyers were required to debate sentencing and related issues in death penalty cases before the Supreme Court. Indigenous people were caught in protracted land disputes and the authorities failed to protect their rights as the post-2009 typhoon reconstruction process continued. Media monopolies expanded further. A gender equality education curriculum was implemented after a year’s delay.  
Taiwan ranked 47th in the world in terms of press freedom, Taiwan fell two places from the 2012 in the global rankings.  Paris-based <Reporters Sans Frontieres> (RSF, Reporters without Borders), a press freedom watchdog body

Jan. 30, 2013

The same three European countries that headed the index last year hold the top three positions again this year. For the third year running, Finland has distinguished itself as the country that most respects media freedom. It is followed by the Netherlands and Norway.

USA No. 32 ( note 18,22),  NZ 8, Swiss 14, Germany 17, Belgium 21, Canada 20, UK 29, China no. 173.

the watchdog was concerned about the protests in Taiwan last year against the Want Want China Times Group’s (旺旺中時集團) bid to buy into another media group.

In Transparency International's 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index, Taiwan was ranked 37th, dropping five spots from last year .

<Transparency International>, Germany,  Dec. 5, 2012 (Reuters) - In Transparency International's 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index, Denmark, Finland and New Zealand tied for first place out of 176 countries - meaning they were perceived to have the lowest levels of state sector corruption. Sweden was fourth with Singapore ranked as fifth.
(CNA) Taiwan was ranked 37th among 176 nations and regions in an annual global index on the perception of corruption in the public sector, dropping five spots from last year, In 2011, Taiwan was ranked 32nd among 183 nations and territories.
Taiwan has breached its commitments: EU <BBC> , <Amnesty International> UK ,  <European Parliament> members
Dec. 22, 2012

Taiwan has executed six death row inmates, the first use of the death penalty this year...

Campaigning human rights group Amnesty International has condemned the move as "cold-blooded killing".

The executions - by shooting - "made a mockery of the authorities' stated commitment to abolish the death penalty", Amnesty said in a statement.

"It is abhorrent to justify taking someone's life because prisons are overcrowded or the public's alleged support for the death penalty," the statement said.


France has condemned the execution of six death-row inmates by Taiwan  French Ministry of Foreign , and European Affairs,
Dec. 26, 2012

A statement issued by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs said Paris “condemns the execution of six sentenced to death in Taiwan [on] December 21, 2012."

France urged the restoration of the moratorium on capital punishment observed in Taiwan between 2006 and 2010 and called on the country to “open a national debate on the future of the death penalty.”... The international human rights group criticized the Taiwanese government for breaking its previous commitments to abolish the death penalty and failing to fulfill its international legal obligations under the UN human rights covenants of which it is a signatory — the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights...


Taiwan was tied with Poland, Slovenia and Trinidad and Tobago for 47th in Freedom House's 2012 Freedom of the Press rankings, Among Asia-Pacific countries, Taiwan ranked seventh. Taiwan received a total score of 25 points, the same as in 2011.


<Freedom House> ( a Washington-based think tank ), USA, May 1, 2012 Taiwan scored an 8 for its legal environment (1 point worse than in last year's survey), a 9 for its political environment (no change), and an 8 for its economic environment (1 point better than last year).

 Other concerns include the use of criminal defamation laws against a journalist and blogger as well as a proposed merger that could reduce media diversity."   incidents of news content produced by China's state-run media outlets appearing in Taiwanese newspapers "under less than transparent conditions." ......


Finland, Norway and Sweden tied for No. 1 with 10 points
Taiwan handed down more death sentences in 2011 than in any year in the past decade, despite stating that its long-term goal was abolition of the death penalty. Restrictions on freedom of assembly remained, with no progress made towards a relaxation of existing, stringent laws. The authorities did little to protect the housing rights of farmers across the island, at times colluding in their eviction. <Amnesty International>, London, UK,  annual report The State of the World's Human Rights 2012, May 24, 2012 Despite continued public demand, there was no progress on the government’s proposal to amend the Assembly and Parade Law. The law allows police to forcibly disperse peaceful protesters, and places other restrictions on peaceful demonstrations.

Migrant workers were unable to freely change employer. Domestic migrant workers and care-givers were often forced to work without adequate rest. The media exposed abuse and exploitation of migrant workers by government officials and celebrities.



 it highlighted the problem of corruption in Taiwan, saying more than 400 officials were indicted on corruption charges in the past year, including 54 high-ranking officials.

A human rights report released by the U.S. Department of State was generally positive about the situation in Taiwan in 2011, but said corruption and violence against women and children remained prevalent problems in the country.



The US Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011, May 24, 2012  

The impartiality of judges and prosecutors involved in high-profile and politically sensitive cases was being questioned by some political commentators and academics, the report said.

In addition, it said the judicial system in Taiwan “suffered from some corruption.”

Child abuse also continued to be a “widespread problem,” according to the report. It cited an NGO estimate of 20,000 cases per year of child sexual abuse.

In addition, the report said violence against women, such as rape and domestic violence, “remained a serious problem” in Taiwan. It said the Ministry of the Interior estimated that the actual number of sexual assault cases was 10 times more than what was reported to the police.

The report also said that foreign spouses in Taiwan face discrimination inside and outside of their homes. Forced labor was found in sectors such as caregiving, farming, fishing, manufacturing and construction...


AFP - The running mate of Taiwan opposition presidential candidate James Soong claimed he had come under attack from "electromagnetic waves" launched by a local intelligence unit.

The highly secretive bureau was not immediately available for comment.


<AFP>, France, Dec. 1, 2011

<Yahoo> UK & Ireland, Dec 1, 2011

<Bangkok Post>(Thailand), Dec. 3, 2011

Dr. Lin Ruey-shiung (Soong's running mate): "If I hadn't quickly moved out (of my home), I would have lost my mind," and alleged that the "attack" by the National Security Bureau started on September 20, 2011 outside his home and lasted three days. reported by all local media in Taiwan.
Taiwan's“The National Security Bureau": ... has not owned the alleged technologies, nor have we used equipment to harass the alleged targeted person”Dec. 6 2011, Yahoo news.



Taiwan presidential race darkened by charges of intelligence service monitoring of challenger


<Washington Post>, January 3, 2012


Taiwan president race darkened by spying charges;

Taiwan’s presidential campaign has taken a dark turn, with the opposition challenger accusing intelligence services under the control of incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou of tracking her campaign events for political advantage.  The allegations — unproven and denied by Ma — conjure up memories of Taiwan’s unsavory one-party past, when Ma’s party, the Nationalists, used their total control of the state apparatus to persecute opponents. While the island has since morphed into one of Asia’s most dynamic democracies, many senior civil servants may still believe that serving the top political echelon involves cutting corners.
complaints about unfair competition and concerns about Beijing's interference were present throughout the presidential election campaign.  <Freedom House>, Washington D.C., USA, Jan. 20, 2012 (1) some criminal law is kept and can be used for suing reporters and internet blog writers, may against Taiwan's press freedom.
(2)Taiwan's overall rating remained the same as last year 2011  and the Washington-based group pro-democracy watchdog highlighted last Saturday's presidential elections in its Freedom in the World 2012 report.
 Taipei Times, Liberty Times, head-page, Jan. 21, 2012
 Taiwan's rank on Freedom of Press ( freedom of Information) : 45th.

ps: Taiwan's rank in 2008 is 36th.

Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), Reporters without Borders, France

Jan 25, 2012

Press freedom Index :

New Zealand No.13,  Japan No. 22,  Australia No.30, South Korea No.44, Taiwan No.45, USA, No.47, HK No.54  US extra territorial No. 57,   China No.174


Apple Daily News, Jan. 26, 2012
Taiwan's rank in 2011 : No.48
 Taiwan's bribery index drops 5 positions within 3 years since 2008.

<Transparency International>,

 Germany,  Nov. 2, 2011  


Taiwan ranked (19th) in the lower half of TI's 2011 “Bribe Payers" index,  finishing 19th among the 28 countries surveyed
Taiwan fell from 14th place in the index released in 2008, when 22 countries were scrutinized.
The Berlin-based organization asked 3,016 business executives in 30 selected countries how often companies in the countries polled engaged in bribery.


reported by editorial, Apple Daily news, Taiwan News, etc, Taiwan.
Taiwan's corruption (5.45) ranked No. 7(same as 2011) in Asia & Pacific 10+ countries.. < Political and Economic Risk Consultancy Ltd. (PERC) >  Mar. 21, According to PERC, Taiwan's corruption score (5.45) is behind Asia&Pacific No.1 Singapore (0.67)、No. 2 Australia(1.28)、No. 3 Japan(1.90)、No. 4 USA(2.59) 、Hong Kong(2.64)、Macau(2.85), Taiwan (5.45) ranked No. 7(same as 2011), then No.8 is Malaysia(5.59)、No.9 Thailand(6.57)、 No.10 Lau柬埔寨(6.83)、No.11 S. Korea(6.90) 、No. 12 China(7.00). The grade 10 is worst, 0 is best.  
Taiwan received a grade of 6.1 [on a scale of one to 10] on the corruption perception index ( Asia's ranks : New Zealand 9.5, Singapore 9.2 , Hong Kong 8.2, Japan 8.0).

<Transparency  International>,
    Dec. 1, 2011  


Taiwan ranked 32 on the corruption perception index ranking released by Transparency International, but still lagged behind some of its more economically advanced neighbors, such as Japan and Singapore.

To improve Taiwan's rank, the government must launch a long-term education campaign to raise citizen awareness of the values of clean politics and governance, besides, the government and the legislature must be more cautious in handling issues related to government officials' special allowance funds, etc.



With an overall score of 25 on the annual report’s zero to 100 scale, Taiwan dropped one spot to 48th from 2010.

Taiwan’s scores have declined three years in a row.


Freedom House ,

Washington D.C., USA

May 2,  2011


 In the Freedom of the Press world survey Washington-based watchdog organization Freedom House.

 Taiwan's press freedom in 2010 was ranked 47th among all nations, slipping three spots compared to 2009.

 Taiwan's rank : 2008 - 32nd , 2009 - 43rd , 2010 - 47th , 2011 - 48th

 Freedom House, a Washington-based non-governmental organization that supports the expansion of freedom around the world.
Taiwan declined in UK's Democracy Index: Taiwan's rank 37 in 2011, rank 36 in 2010

Economist , UK  (2011)

 Democracy Index : No.38 Slovakia, 39: India, No.1~9: Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Swiss, Canada, Finland, Netherland Global Peace Index: taiwan rank 27(2011), 35(2010), 37(2009), 44(2008).
Taiwan was criticized over issues to do with the death penalty, freedom of expression, justice and migrants' rights. Amnesty International, London, UK,  annual report The State of the World's Human Rights 2011, May 13, 2011 Amnesty International Taiwan deputy secretary-general Yang Tsung-li  criticized the government, saying it used a lack of public consensus as an excuse to uphold capital punishment.

The executions last year were carried out one day after a hearing on the issue, and the executions in March came less than one month after Ma offered an apology to the family of Chiang Kuo-ching (江國慶), who was found to have been wrongfully executed

The report also criticized Taiwan's government for what it said was its failure to deliver on promises to amend the Assembly and Parade Act (集會遊行法) that limits citizens’ rights to assembly and free speech.

It also voiced concerns over the slow progress to enact a judges’ act to address corruption scandals involving high court judges and over the working conditions of migrant workers.


also reported by Taiwan's media ― Apple Daily news (Chinese language) and Taipei Times (English)
81% of Taiwanese have little faith in judiciary: Poll

The highest % in Taiwan's history

Sep. 7, 2011
 according to the survey conducted by the National Chung Cheng University.

Four out of every five Taiwanese have serious doubts about the island's judicial system following a string of scandals and controversial rulings...

About 81 per cent ...  did not believe judges had the skills to reach fair decisions,... Sixty per cent... had no confidence in a special anti-graft government body, the Agency Against Corruption... set up after three senior judges were indicted for taking bribes in exchange for not guilty verdicts. The judges were later sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

The Straits Times, breaking news,

Taiwan's Apple Daily,


 There were still problems with corruption, violence and discrimination against women and children, as well as human trafficking. USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices, issued April 8, 2011  
  (1) officials & police corruption.
  (2) Violence against women, including rape and domestic violence, remained a "serious problem.
      (estimated that the total number of rape, spousal rape was 10 times the number reported to the police,
         - 6818 rape/sexual assaults were filed till Sept 2010,   till Nov. 2010, 91457 family violence, 22089 children abuse cases were filed. )
 (3)   judicial authorities remained “dismissive” of complaints of sexual harassment in the workplace.
 (4)  Child abuse continued to be a widespread problem.  sexual abuse was more prevalent than the public realized, with the estimated number of victims reaching approximately 20,000 annually, while only approximately 3,000 were reported.
 (5)  foreign-born spouses were targets of discrimination.
 (6)  abuses of foreign workers.
 (7)  authorities increased their placement of advertisements packaged as news reports in local newspapers and television.
 (8) trafficking in persons
reported by Taiwan's media at April 9, 2011

Taiwan's corruption index : among Asian & Pacific countries, Taiwan is behind Singapore (No.1), HK, Australia, Japan, USA, Macau (Macao)


POLITICAL & ECONOMIC RISK CONSULTANCY LTD (HK based), March 22, 2011 (1) Founding that : most serious corruption lies in Taiwan's top-position leaders and government's metro./city reconstruction units. 

(2) Taiwan's reform against corruption remains no good.

 reported by Taiwan's Apple Daily, Mar. 23, 2011

For the past two years, Freedom House has downgraded Taiwan's rating in its annual report on global press freedom. Critics say it's common for government propaganda to masquerade as 'news.'

 the Christian Science Monitor, USA

...many observers say that the glitter of the island republic’s free press has been overrated, especially in a highly commercialized news culture that is both deeply partisan and prey to political favors.

The placement of advertising as news is only the “tip of the iceberg,”

One example of creeping government influence is the media's minimization of criticism of government policies and exaggeration of its achievements, says Guang, who teaches journalism at National Chung Cheng University.......“Taiwan’s news media are not yet independent,” says Guang. “Can the public really accept this?”

Jan 3, 2011

Taiwan's "Freedom from Corruption" scores 56, which is worst since 2007 A joint project of The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal.

 The  the Index of Economic Freedom rankings on a 1-100 scale , Taiwan's economic freedom score is 70.8,  Taiwan is ranked 7th in the Asia–Pacific region.

50.0 Financial Freedom
56.0 Fdm. from Corruption
46.1 Labor Freedom
82.0 Monetary Freedom
89.7 Government Spending
 January 12, 2011 (LT 1.21.'11)
Executions of five men in Taiwan condemned

Five executions spark concern in EU, Germany

<Amnesty International >  London, UK, press , Mar 4, 2011


Amnesty International has condemned today's execution of five men in Taiwan......
"The Taiwanese authorities have repeatedly stated their intention to abolish the death penalty, but they have - yet again - acted contrary to their own commitments and against the global trend towards abolition of the death penalty," said Sam Zarifi Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific Director.

More than 70 people remain on death row in Taiwan. Family members are not informed about scheduled executions in advance. They learn about the executions afterwards when they are invited to collect the body from the mortuary.


<Taipei times>,  Mar 5, 2011 , The German government also expressed concerns over the execution.

ps: the United Daily mentions Taiwan's media reported too much about those prisoners' life details .

Taiwan's "Democracy Index" of 2010 declined

UK's Economist Intelligence Unit (E.I.U.)

(1) 2010: Taiwan's "Democracy Index" in retreat : Political participation ( sank 6.67 to 5.56 points) & Functioning of government( points 7.5 down to 7.14); other indexes like Electoral process & puralism, political culture, civilian liberties have not moved up
(2) Asia rank : South Korea No. 20, Japan No.22, most Asian countries moved up or remained same rank, i.e., S. Korea ranking from No.28 to No.20, Australia 10th to 6th, New Zealand 7th to 5th, Taiwan dropped 3 positions.
(3) World rank: No.1: Norway, No.2: Iceland, No.3 Denmark, No. 4 Sweden, No.5 New Zealand

Dec. 21, 2010
 data from reports by Liberty Times and UK based EIU web-site

 77% Taiwanese people think Taiwan's corruption has not improved,  <the Liberty Times> reported corruption index by  Germany based TI.  <Transparency International>, Germany,   Dec. 10, 2010


     Taiwan's corruption sorting list:  worstPolice: 3.9,  Parliament/legislation: 3.8,  Public officials/civil servants :3.8,  Political parties : 3.5,  military: 3.4,  judiciary3.3 ,  Media , Education systems : 3.2  ( Taiwan's media have not given a complete report )

      World Corruption Index: Singapore No.1, Australia No.8 (score 8.7), HK No.13 (8.4), Japan No. 17 (7.8),  Qatar No.19 (7.7), US No.22 (7.1),  Taiwan No.33 (5.8)

    Taiwanese people think in the past 3 years Taiwan's corruption:  stayed the same 35%, increased 42%,  decreased 23%


12.10. 2010

 the report rated Taiwan's freedom of the media  lower than the previous year, on the basis of a controversy surrounding the country's Public Television Service (PTS).

The heads of PTS were removed in last September amid concerns about the independence of publicly-funded media.

 Freedom House 2011 report

Jan 13, 2011

Taiwan's political rights and civil liberties remaining unchanged at grades 1 and 2, respectively.

 Freedom House, a Washington-based non-governmental organization that supports the expansion of freedom around the world.

Corruption in Taiwan

Confirming the worst suspicions


The Economist, July 22, 2010

three high-court judges and a prosecutor had been detained amid allegations that they took bribes to fix the outcome of a high-profile case

The significance of this case is that it makes all the rumours (ps:  corruption in Taiwan's law field) a reality.

 7. 22. 2010

 Taiwan dropped 1 position in  judicial  (Asia & pacific) ranking


Asian Intelligence Reports Index (Dec. 1, 2010)

No.1 Australia, No.2: Hong kong, No.3: Singapore, No.4: USA, No.5 :Japan, No.6: South Korea, No.7: Taiwan  (1) issued at 12. 1. 2010

 (2) reported by Taiwan's media like SET TV evening news, 7:20pm, Dec. 2, 2010

Taiwan: Abolition of the Death Penalty in Taiwan: a Further Serious Setback


3 June 2010

Amnesty International is deeply disappointed that Taiwan’s Constitutional Court has rejected a petition to halt executions made on behalf of 44 death row inmates. The petition, filed by the Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty (TAEDP), argued that Taiwan’s application of the death penalty was unconstitutional and violated the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Amnesty International considers the death penalty the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and a violation of the right to life.

Amnesty International urges the government of Taiwan not to carry out executions and to make concrete progress towards its long stated goal to abolish the death penalty.
By resuming executions the government in Taiwan is out of step with global trends. Across the world, more than two thirds of countries have abolished the death penalty in law or practice and in 2009 only 18 countries were known to have carried out executions.
Taiwan's "Global Peace Index" of  2010 ranks 35

Economist Intelligence Unit (E.I.U.)

Global Peace Index of 2010 :  Asian nations  ―  New Zealand ranks 1, Japan 3rd,  Qatar 15th,  Australia19th,   Malaysia No. 22,  Hong Kong No. 22, Singapore No.30,  Laos No.34.

Peace Indicators ( 23 factors ) includes "Respect for human rights", "Jailed population", etc

Related indicators (32 factors) includes "corruption perceptions", "political culture", etc



One out of 4 serious problems   trafficking in persons,  US  Country Reports on Human Rights practices 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report Taiwan (Tier 1) Released by the U.S. Department of State, June 14, 2010 Taiwan is a destination, and to a much lesser extent, source and transit territory for men, women, and children subjected to forced prostitution and forced labor.

 Some women from Taiwan are recruited through classified ads to travel to Japan, Australia, the UK, and the United States for employment, where they are forced into prostitution. Taiwan is a transit territory for Chinese citizens who enter the United States illegally and may become victims of debt bondage and forced prostitution in the United States.

 June 14, 2010

A Taiwanese Co. employer forced three Muslim Indonesian women to eat pork (violate Muslim religion) over a seven-month period.

Head line of the United Daily News ( Taiwan's major news) comments it as "Inflicted serious damage on Taiwan's image". 

reported by the Jakarta Post (May 14, 2010), and some major world media : BBC website, the Straits Times (Singapore), Associated Press, AFP, ABS-CBN TV (Philippines), India Times, and DailyMail of UK, etc.


Indonesian government condemns such action( forced foreign-labor workers to consume pork) as it was against appropriate values, calling upon the Taiwanese government to pay “serious attention” to the case. According to the Taiwan media and USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices 2010, Taiwan has always abused foreign workers.
 European Union condemns the executions of death penalty in Taiwan, May 2010.


European Union

(1) EU deplores the resumption of executions (death penalty) in Taiwan.

(2) The European Union's strongly held view in favour of the abolition of capital punishment is well known. The European Union considers that the abolition of the death penalty contributes to the enhancement of human dignity and the progressive development of human rights.

 (1) statement at  May 1, 2010.

 (2)  by the spokesperson of EU High Rep. for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

(3) Taiwan urges the EU to delink death penalty from visa waiver

Taiwan's press freedom score : 24 (legal environment : 7, political environment: 9, economic environment: 8)

Freedom House

Norway and Finland score: 10 (legal environment : 3, political environment: 3, economic environment: 4) Oct. 21, 2010
Taiwan dropped (47th 2010, 43rd last year, 32nd 2008 ) in press freedom rating

Freedom House

(1) Taiwan ranked 47th on the U.S.-based human rights watchdog body's 2010 global press freedom rating, which was based on the findings of a survey on the media situations...

(2) Taiwan declined four notches from its ranking of 2009, , declined 15 notches from 2008.

(3) No1 : Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, No.11: New Zealand No.32: Japan, No.37 : Australia, No.24: US,  (Macau or Macao not found).

(4) 35% are in free status.


(1) issued 2010/04/30

(2) Apple Daily (May 1, 2010): money make official propaganda become news.

(3) Liberty Times (May 1, 2010): We declined, others improved. 

 Taiwan's corruption ... a serious problem

 USA Country Reports on Human Rights practices, issued Mar 11, 2010   major problems  
 (1) Taiwan corruption by officials
 (2) violence & discrimination
       against women
      (estimate total # is 10 times # reported
          - 5305 rape/sexual assaults were filed)
 (3) trafficking in persons
 (4) abuses of foreign workers
 (1) issued March 11, 2010

 (2) Apple Daily : bad things more than good things

 (3) US report: no official restrictions to peaceful expression of views via the net, however, my computer has long time problem to internet (till now, no evidence proved who or which nation did this)


Taiwan's corruption grade (6.28) is behind Asia & Pacific countries No.1 Singapore(1.42)、No.2 Australia(2.28)、No.3 Hong Kong (2.67)、No. 4 USA(3.42)、No. 5 Japan (3.49)、No. 6 Macau(4.96)、No. 7 S. Korea(5.98), slightly better than No. 10 China (6.52) Political and Economic Risk Consultancy Ltd.(PERC), corruption surveys 2010

Overall country risk ranking: 1.Australia(best graded country) 2.Singapore 3.HK  4.Japan (Nippon) 5. Macau (Macao)  6. USA 7. Vietnam  8. Taiwan (backwards from 2009)

Mar. 10, 2010

Taiwan corruption is worse
than China

Political and Economic Risk Consultancy Ltd.(PERC), surveys 2009

 Both Taiwanese major political parties are rotten.

reported by all major media of Taiwan, 4.7.2009

Taiwan's politicians corruption is serious

Among Asia-Pacific countries, Taiwan behind Singapore(No.1), Australia, HK, USA, Japan, Macau, and South Korea

Political and Economic Risk Consultancy Ltd.(PERC), Mar. 2010

(1) Serious corruption in both political parties in Taiwan

(2)  Indonesia is the worst one in Asia-Pacific region

 issued March 2010
Taiwan corruption Perception Index (CPI)  in 2010 ranks 33rd in the world, 6th in Asia & Pacific

Transparency International (Germany based)

(1)No.1 : Denmark, New Zealand, Singapore, No.8: Australia, No.13: Hong Kong, No.17: Japan, No.19: Qatar...

(2) Taiwan fluctuated between 25th and 35th place from 1995 till 2007, dropped to 39th in 2008, bit moved back to 37th in 2009.

 Oct. 27, 2010

Taiwan corruption scores in 2009 CPI ranks no. 37, which is behind Dominica, Puerto Rico, and Botswana.


Transparency International

The highest scorers in the 2009 CPI are New Zealand, Denmark, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland (Swiss).

Hong Kong ranks 12th, Japan 17th,  United States 19th.

Taiwan's <Corruption Perceptions Index> score in 2009 is 5.6.
scores 2008 back to 2003 :  5.7, 5.7, 5.9. 5.9, 5.6, 5.7, so, Taiwan in 2009 is about the worst. 


Nov 17, 2009

Transparency International's 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is the world's most credible measure of of domestic, public sector corruption.

Press Freedom Index  : Taiwan ranks No. 48 in 2010,  No. 59 in 2009 ( Japan 17th,   Haiti 57th  ), but ranked 36th in 2008,  Taiwan dropped 23 notches (positions) in 2009.

< Reporters Without Borders > , Paris France   

 Press Freedom Index of other Asia & Pacific countries like New Zealand (No. 8), Japan(No. 11), Hong Kong(No. 34), South Korea(No. 42).

Top 5 are Finland, Iceland, Holland, Norway, and Sweden.   USA ranks No. 20, China No. 171.  


Oct. 20, 2010 
The biggest problems of Taiwan's legal system are:

(1) political forces involved
(2) system not independent

Political and Economic Risk Consultancy Ltd.(PERC), Sept. 2009

Taiwan's Legislation Yuan refuted it's not the fact.

Sept. 22, '09 reported by the United Daily News (translation as left)

Taiwan's Freedom of the press (No. 43) declined seriously

Freedom House 2009

 (1) Taiwan's score : 23,  ranks 43rd , same as Latvia, Slovakia, Suriname, Trinidad, Vanuatu.

 (2) Media in Taiwan faced assault and
  growing government pressure.

 (3) No.1 : Iceland, No.2 : Finland, Norway, No.4 : Denmark, Sweden

 May  2009

Taiwan collects citizens' data
without any regulation

The Association for Human Rights (Taiwan)

 (1) <Computer-processed Personal Data Protection Law> has not been modified to a good version for a long time.

 (2) Taiwanese privacy status just like <1984>.

Liberty Times, Feb 22, 2009

Public media independence threatened, despite government denials

Reporters Without Borders, Paris, France

Reporters Without Borders urges President Ma Ying-jeou to keep his promises to us to respect public media independence.

2008 Dec 17

More than 10 journalists injured during opposition protests against Chinese visit

Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders deplores the violence against journalists in Taipei in the course of protests against a visit by a Chinese government representative during the past few days.

At least 10 journalists were injured during protests on 6 November by supporters of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) against the meeting in Taipei between President Ma Ying-jeou and Chen Yunlin,

Nov. 8, 2008

Taiwan is a "Police State"

the China Times visited Parliament member

 (1) Almost all members of Legislative Yuan ( legislators are about same as Congressmen / Senators) and Parliament leader were eavesdropped ...

 (2) Taiwan's People 're watched by "secret-camera" , Taiwan becomes a "Police State" ... 

reported at Oct. 18, 2007

Most serious corruption :
Taiwan Parliament and
political parties  

Transparency Org. Taiwan

Taiwan Corruption Index :
Parliament 78%, political parties 69%, Custom 61%, Military 48%, Police 45%, Legislative 43%, Power & Water 41%, Taxes 35%, Medical 32%, Education 25%, Media 19%, Religion 16%, etc

(Taiwan corruption is lousy, Gallup 2006, Transparency Org. 2007  )

the liberty Times, Dec. 10, 2005

Global Peace Ranking declined

the Economist EIU

 36th in 2007, 44th in 2008

United Daily News, May 21, 2008


Freedom of Expression problem : The Assembly and Parade Law


Amnesty International

the Assembly and Parade Law
requires police permission to hold a public
demonstration and is used to suppress protests

reports 2008


HR Problems :
(1) corruption by
(2)violence and discrimination against women,
(3) trafficking in persons,
(4) abuses of foreign workers


Country Report on Human Rights Practices, USA

 refer www.state.gov

reports, Mar 11, 2008

Taiwan's human rights


United Nations





Taiwan's "Happy Planet Index" ranks 84

New Economics Foundation

out of 178


ps: Taiwan "Life satisfaction" no longer count, latest score of China is 6.7

Taiwan's  Satisfaction with Life Index ranks world no. 68

University of Leicester

out of 178



TW media lashed out Taiwan's Human Rights

 Taiwan's major media

 reviews / reports


<Liberty Times>, <China Times>, toronto.singtao.ca , etc,4.23.2016

Supreme Court : Death penalty is accordance with the provisions of the Constitutions of ROC Taiwan, all judges should not take 2 conventions of human rights as excuses, capital punishment is for " punishment ", not for  "enlightenment"/"education".  

<Apple Daily News>,
Front-line news, 3.7.2016

White terror returns!!
Taiwan MP abused their power to entrap and search a Taiwanese (suspected of selling White Terror-era documents) house without search warrant and forced to take him to MP station, he is under investigation for Offenses of Receiving Stolen Property (贓物罪) and Offenses Against Privacy (妨害秘密罪)...after this, MP gave him NT dollar15000 trying to "seal his mouth"...

 <United Daily News>, 2.14.2015

An old Chinese saying, "He who steals a hook gets hanged as a crook, he who steals the kingdom makes himself a duke " is still valid in current Taiwan, Taiwan even is in an extremely serious situation -  very ill in politics and media...   (周陽山、沈美真)  

Apple Daily News>,
Front-line news, 8.29.2015

Taiwan's judiciary avoid fighting with celebrities, e.g., a TV star's husband  

<Apple Daily News>,
headline news, 1.11.2014

Taiwan police monitor all Taiwanese people   
pic. above: Taiwan police monitor all Taiwanese people & Who is "enemy of the state"?  Ans is Taiwan's public institutions.

 < The China Times>, 1.28.2014

National Chung Cheng university's survey found: nearly 80% Taiwanese people don't believe the impartiality of Taiwan's prosecutors, 80% Taiwanese don't believe Taiwan's judges.  

<Liberty Times>, <TTV>, etc, 1.28.2014

... Facing
an apparent suicide bid (Taiwanese man drives large truck into presidential office building for protesting Taiwan's judiciary problem - injustice), Taiwan president Ma expressed that Taiwan's government should think about Self - examination and fundamental/radical reform to reduce the popular agitation/public grievances/Taiwanese people dissatisfaction. (政府也要思考、檢討,因為民眾不滿才會有這樣的動作,如何從根本面減少不滿,這是政府必須要檢討的。)

<The Liberty Times>, Taiwan 
Sept. 25, 2013

pic. above:  1/4 Taiwanese people (6 million persons) are being listened by Taiwan's government per year, conservative estimated by the field of justice/laws (Judicial Yuan communications surveillance statistics).The number of permission to listen Taiwanese issued by the court is actually about the same as that in USA, but the population of Taiwan ( 23 million ) is only about 1/10 of Americans... 

<Apple Daily News>,
March 2, 2013

 Taipei's public (social) housing policy rejects AIDS patients, which is criticized as "Discrimination" ...  

<Liberty Times>, <United Daily News>, The China Post, The Taipei Times
Dec. 10, 2013

The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD ) & SHU Taiwanese human rights survey:
(1) dropped from 3.5 points in 2011 to 2.4 points this year : communication privacy and freedom. (points range: 0.0~5.0)
(2) 2.1 points in terms of health rights.
(3) 1.8 points, was given to “non-corruption in government,”
(4) 2 points : Non-external intervention of the judiciary, 2.3 points : fair trials.
(5) 2.7 points: the government's efforts to ensure human rights.
(6) 2.8 points: civil liberties,  2.5 points: political rights.
(7) Freedom of residence, freedom of religion, the right to vote, and civil servants' attitude all scored 3.8 points.
<Business Weekly> no. 1334,  <Business Today> no. 856, <Apple Daily News> editorial (6.1.2013), etc Taiwan's food were found some very bad materials, e.g., Cloudy Agents Contaminated by Plasticizer, 'Poisonous (toxic) starch',  maleic acid (an industrial material) ...  click for details  

<China Post>,  Dec. 11 2012

In Human Rights Day (Dec. 10, 2012), DPP's Policy Research Committee: a recent poll indicates that 62.3 % of Taiwanese are dissatisfied with the government's protection of human rights.  

<Liberty Times>, Dec. 11, 2012

DPP's Policy Research Committee: a recent poll indicates that 67 % of Taiwanese are dissatisfied with the government's protection of judicial human rights. (司法人權), 64.9% of Taiwanese are dissatisfied with political  human rights. (政治人權)...  

<Taiwan News>, Dec. 5, 2012

Taiwan's human rights get thumbs-down in poll!

More than 40 percent (43.4%) of the respondents in an annual survey rated Taiwan's overall performance in human rights protection this year as either “bad” or “very bad,” the Taipei-based Chinese Association for Human Rights said yesterday.

About 53.5 percent of the respondents gave the protection of judicial human rights a negative rating, compared with 21.4 percent who rated it positively.



<United Daily News>, Dec. 12, 2012

The minister of Control Yuan ( Impeachment, censure, investigation, Inspection, audit, etc) Wong expressed officials who never admit their human rights mistakes are full in Taiwanese government, Taiwan does not have "public servants" ... most human rights problems are caused by Taiwanese government ...   

<Taipei Times>, Dec. 8, 2012

Public feels human rights deteriorating

DISSATISFACTION: Official corruption, the government’s inability to fill people’s needs and media independence were top public concerns, according to a survey of public opinion by the government-affiliated Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (conducted by Shih Hsin University),...
Corruption was the target of the greatest public dissatisfaction, scoring 1.9 points. It was followed by the government’s ability to respond to people’s needs, which garnered 2 points, and external interference in judicial rulings, at 2.1 points.



<Liberty Times>, Dec. 5, 2012

Chinese Association for Human Rights yesterday released the "2012 Taiwan Human Rights Indicator Survey" results show the satisfaction of the people of Taiwan for the protection of human rights continued to decline...

survey shows that only 38 percent of Taiwanese held positive views on Taiwan's human rights of this year, which is far worse than 57 percent of last year...



<Apple Daily>, Dec. 5, 2012

Acording to "2012 Taiwanese Human Rights index survey" (conducted by 中華人權協會), 17.9% Taiwanese respondents think Taiwan's overall human rights improved, 36% think it is worsened, 76% Taiwanese don't satisfy Taiwan's economy human rights.
Taiwan's freedom of speech is in retreat, scholars worry about Taiwan's democracy doesn't work well ... 

<China Post>,  Dec. 11 2012

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairman: Taiwan currently faces two major human rights crises: prosecutors that abuse their powers to persecute the people, and private interests that wield dangerous power over the media, Su said, pointing to China as one of the big players in the monopolization of Taiwan's media.  

<Taipei Times>, Dec. 11 2012

The Democratic Progressive Party: The erosion of human rights under KMT's  administration, in particular regarding the judiciary and media, has placed Taiwan’s proud democracy in jeopardy and requires attention from the international community, ... applying a three-part strategy to monopolize local media by first “paralyzing the public television system and controlling the Chinese Television System,” then following up with Want Want China Times Group’s (旺旺中時集團) “vertical integration of a cable television service and horizontal integration of its pending merger of the Next Media Group.”... Implementing the Assembly and Parade Act (集會遊行法) was the most glaring example of Ma’s noncompliance with the covenants,...  there were two major crises in Taiwan: first, people’s suffering from the sluggish economy; second, the backsliding of human rights and the re-emergence of authoritarianism.  

<United Daily News>, Dec. 1, 2012

Although Taiwan keeps announcing it's a "Human Rights" country, experts question that till now Taiwan is still one among very few nations (7-8 nations, most of them are communist countries, red China not included) refuses AIDS foreigners enter (e.g., Magic Johnson, a NBA star), and monitors AIDS people by nation's machine for a long term, Taiwan does not care about human rights ...  

 <Liberty Times>, Yahoo news taiwan, etc , Oct. 1,  2012


"The people have the freedom from fear!"
the Wu Zhaohan (吳兆漢) case confirmed that illegal eavesdropping  indeed has been existing in Taiwan, the severity degree is about same as American's Watergate case , ... not be able to eliminate Taiwanese people's worries,...
Both pan-blue and pan-green Legislators pointed out illegal eavesdropping Taiwanese people (or even in the name of  "state secrets" ) can not be accepted, ...
 "This is exactly what Taiwanese people most worried about for a long time!"...  the concerns of the people has not eliminated; ...
In the past 4 years Taiwanese government's (or KMT's) illegal eavesdropping were from bad to worse, not only legislators feel insecure, but also  the DPP President candidate Tsai Ing-wen (during last year's presidential election)'s campaign schedules (蔡英文多次被掌握行蹤
) repeatedly were known by KMT , which proved KMT administration has never stopped this illegal eavesdropping, surveillance behavior......


<Liberty Times>, Sept. 20, 2012,


U.S. human rights organizations questions︰Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian's flat prison treatment violated international torture standards

The Human Rights Action Center based in Washington, D.C. has issued a preliminary statement on the prison conditions of Chen Shui-bian, the imprisoned former president of the Republic of China in-exile yesterday  ... ...  in violation of international torture standards, such harsh treatment for more than a week is considered improper, not to mention four years!  

“Other aspects of President Chen’s prison conditions, such as having to sleep, eat, and write on the floor and the prevalence of dripping water, insects, and other sanitary problems are not normally of conditions found in modern democracies governed by the rule of law.”


<Taiwan News>, April 21, 2012

As for President Ma Ying-jeou's first human rights report released yesterday, Wellington Koo (顧立雄), an attorney who represented the Judicial Reform Foundation said that obtaining testimony through “inappropriate ways,” such as torture or threats, still occurs in Taiwan, and such illegally obtained testimony is still used in court...

Human Rights Covenants Watch convener Kao Yung-cheng (高湧誠) said "we only see the government dressing up human rights conditions in the country, instead of trying to touch the core of issues, and make profound changes.”, “The government is not facing some real human rights violations happening in this country, ...


<Liberty Times>, April 21, 2012

DDP said Taiwan's first human rights report is full of empty boasts and obfuscations ...

 Human Rights Covenants Watch convener said the human rights report is " evades the issue" (避重就輕), The human rights issue in Taiwan is still riddled with gaping wounds / already ailing (「千瘡百孔」).

DDP Critics said freedom of the press was deteriorating... During DDP time, Taiwan's press freedom status went from world 35th up to 32nd, but in KMT's administration, this status dropped from 43rd down to 48th place.

Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty executive director said it's ( abolish capital punishment ... ) a lie in public (「公然說謊」).


    <United Daily News>,
April 21, 2012

Human Rights Covenants Watch convener comments the report as "red tape,  bureaucratic/ idle theorizing/ empty-talk paper (「官樣文章,紙上人權」)  

  <the China Times>, Politican News edition , April 21, 2012

President Ma :“A great number of human rights violations are committed by governments and we need to establish internationally accepted standards and ensure public servants are aware of the importance of protecting human rights,...”  
 <Apple Daily News>, Politics edition, April 21, 2012 President Ma admitted Taiwan government violates human rights ...  

<China Post>, April 21, 2012

DPP pans 'beautified' human rights report !
Naturally, the report devolves into a beautification of the human rights situation.”

<the China Times>, March 10, 2012

On Mar. 8, 2012, pig farmers across Taiwan
voiced their opposition to the government's possible decision to relax import restrictions on beef containing ractopamine with a protest rally  in front of the Legislative Yuan and the Council of Agriculture (Taiwanese government) , Taiwanese police arrested them for their violation of the Assembly and Parade Law, ...... they scolded this had a contempt for international human rights conventions.

 <Apple Daily News>, Feb. 29, 2012

"Taiwan's human rights status is still same as that 65 years ago", by 228 political event's victims families who are angry at the saying "228's victims only 1000- persons" by KMT's top positioned politician.
<Apple Daily News>, Feb. 28, 2012   
Taiwan's  largest ever labor inspection found out  2591 companies' illegally violation of the Labor Standards Law (《勞基法》), the ratio of overall inspected companies is up to 30%.
Taiwanese labor group criticized that state-owned enterprise ranks top 3 in most serious list and this result is just "the tip of the iceberg".

<Liberty Times>, <Taipei Times>, Dec. 9, 2011

Taiwan Brain Trust published at Dec. 8, 2011 a report claiming that Taiwan has moved backward on human rights issues.
Former Minister without Portfolio Hsu Chih-hsiung: the nation’s human rights record has plummeted in the past three years.

 <Taipei Times>, Dec. 9, 2011

A survey conducted by Shih Hsin University on behalf of the government--affiliated Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, showed the public ranked the country’s overall human rights situation slightly higher this year than last year, but downgraded the government’s performance in protecting the freedom of the press.

<Liberty Times>, Dec. 3, 2011

Liberty Times  : "Taiwan's economic rights, judicial rights,  labor rights ―   retreated the worst !"

The 2011 survey conducted by the Taipei-based Chinese Association for Human Rights :
Negative views: 61.4 % of economic rights, 47.9% of judicial rights,  45.5 % of labor rights.
Positive views: 61.5% of aboriginal rights,, 59.3% of politics rights, 54.6% of the elderly rights.



 <Apple Daily News>, editorial ,  Sept. 23, 2011

"National Sexual Prison "(「國立性煉獄」) :  What a shame on Taiwanese government ! 
So many sexual harassment crimes , and sexual assault cases in Taiwan, ......  far more than the number reported by media, we can say Taiwan has already became a society hostile to the female.  Shame on all Taiwanese, particularly, shame on Taiwanese government......

 Apple Daily news, may 14, 2011

Amnesty International : Taiwan's human rights retreat, May 13, 2011
Taiwan's government <1> does not keep promise to modify the rallies law (for parade, etc), <2> abuses of foreign labor, <3> corruption, <4> death penalty

 the China Times, Dec. 9, 2010

  If Taiwan government really care Taiwanese human rights, investigate again all wrongly-judged legal/political cases now !

    Apple Daily, editorial, Dec. 10, 2010

(1) Taiwan's authority emphasized economy, paid less attention to Taiwanese human rights...
(2) Taiwanese people ( except elites & leaders) give score 56 (total 100) to Taiwan's human rights.

Liberty Times, Dec. 9, 2010

According to a survey concerning Taiwan's democracy-freedom-human rights, generally speaking, Taiwanese ordinary people gave "F" score to Taiwan's human rights overall performance &  democratic freedom,  40 score to  judiciary (independent judgment),  41 score to the judges and government corruption.  

the Liberty Times, Dec. 11, 2010

Taiwan's president Ma : The one most easily hurt human rights is the government.


China Times, Oct. 11,  2010

DPP wanted to establish a human rights committee in Taiwan long time ago... but KMT ( Taiwan's "Chinese Nationalist Party" -  an opposition political party) stopped it again and again at that time... it's very weird that  today KMT suddenly wants to establish it ...


Liberty times, Oct. 11, 2010

Taiwan's human rights have been moving backwards,  the purpose of setting up a human rights committee is hiding ...

want to promote Taiwan's human rights?  hope Taiwanese government retracts its dirty hands everything will be fine ...

Human rights is the most important issue ... , but till now KMT's Taiwan government just thought of setting up a human rights committee  (KMT won again its presidential election in '08)...

DPP was trying to set up a human rights committee... but KMT (opposition political party) blamed it on "black committee" (under-the-table committee), and asked Taiwan government to dismiss the committee...


Apple Daily News, Oct. 11, 2010

Taiwan ... sets up a "human rights committee"....  bit late, ... short of ambition ...


 Apple daily, China times,
 United Daily, Liberty Times,
July 21, 2010

The new commission to fight corruption should learn from experience of HK and Singapore


Apple Daily News, etc, Oct. 1, 2010

    Legislators ( similar to senators or congressmen in the US ) blamed : "No human rights !!"

   Taiwan striped a Taiwanese for investigation while traveling from Macau (China) back hometown Taiwan at Sept. 25, Taiwanese government has not apologized for finding nothing guilty.


the Liberty Times, Feb 27, 2010

228 political event may returns


the Liberty Times, May 2, 2009

The freedom of Taiwan press falls seriously - world ranking downgrade from  32th to 43th


the Liberty times, Mar 10, 2009

 Taiwanese ..., no Privacy ...


the China Times, April 12, 2009

   In order to win elections, a number of politicians again and again forced some government officials to play the (drama) role of rotten officials or privileged ranking people .... to set "examples"


the United Daily News, Sept. 21, 2009

Taiwan's police usually "suspect/doubt too much, investigate/find out the truth too little"...


United Daily News, Dec. 8, 2008 (prime news)

We thought there's no dark corner in Taiwan, however, you will find out the truth until  someone infringes upon your human rights some day ... 


  Apple Daily, Feb 18, 2008  

 Taiwan President should admit and publicize numerous political ugly secrets, and political persecutions


the China Times, Oct 12, 2007

For winning political elections, Taiwan took "Think highly of sovereignty , Think poorly of human rights " strategy


the United News System (MinSen Daily), July 17, 1995

 All of us can be transparent ones , since too many unchecked eavesdrops / bugs


the China Times, Jan 3, 2008

 How come intellectuals disappeared ?  ....  fewer and fewer people dare to speak out the truth against the power


the China Times, Jan 19, 2008

WEF & Gallup : 80% Taiwanese think political circle not honest


the United Daily News, Oct 12, 2007

 Amnesty Int'l : Taiwanese think Taiwan's Judicial (Justice/legal)  is very rotten so as to locate at latter 1/3 of the world rankings.







 (total population about 23,000,000 )


United Daily News, Liberty Times, China Times, Dec. 8, 2001

 9 out of 10 Taiwan's human rights index is failed.



★  World Human Rights (USA, China, Africa, Euro, etc)

 organization / institution



Transparency International 



Transparency International - Taiwan
ps: Now it changed its name
 from "Taiwan" to "Chinese Taipei"

new site : http://www.tict.org.tw/e_index.html
old site http://www.ti-taiwan.org/ch.files/index-1.htm 


Amnesty International



Amnesty International - Taiwan




Freedom House



Reporters without Borders, Paris, France



Political and Economic Risk Consultancy Ltd. (PERC)



United Nations



US State government





  China vs. USA on human rights issue  ...



Some evidences : Taiwan major newspapers comments & reports

Taiwan human rights status same as 65 years ago
"Taiwan's human rights status still same as that 65 years ago", by 228 political event's victims families.  (<Apple Daily>, Feb. 29, 2012)

  "Kill one person is wrong, none to mention ..." by  228 political event's victims families who are angry at this saying "victims only 1000- persons" by KMT top-position politician.    (<Apple Daily> web TV, Feb. 29, 2012)

國際特赦組織 :台灣人權倒退
Amnesty International : Taiwan's human rights retreat, May 13, 2011  (Taiwan's government <1> does not keep promise to modify the rallies law (for parade etc), <2> abuses of foreign labor, <3> corruption, <4> death penalty issue )

"Foreign workers have not be treated as human beings ... ", The China Times, Oct. 2, 2010

"The reason is all Taiwan gov. did is cheating/phony ! ", The Liberty Times comments bad record of Taiwan's human rights, ref.  USA Country Reports on Human Rights Practice, Mar 20, 2010  ( The word "cheating" above , can be direct translated as "phony", " false", "fake" or "untrue".)

Taiwan's human rights moving backwards (United Daily News, April 23, 2010)

No privacy in Taiwan
pic above : Too many Taiwanese're victims,  inconsolable rage on living in no privacy (Liberty Times, 2009)

Taiwan's a Police State

pic : Taiwan became a Police State, people live under secret-camera ... (China Times, 2007)

No privacy in Taiwan

pic above : the nation collects people's info. without a modern-time law ... just like the literature <1984>

(Liberty Times, 2009)

  Taiwan's Press Freedom falls (Apple Daily, April 30, 2010 )

Freedom of Taiwan press retreated badly
pic above : Freedom of Taiwan press in retreat badly (Liberty Times, 2009)

Approval rate for Taiwan government's monitor : 75%  ―   " Offense Taiwanese human rights "
 (Apple Daily News, June 10, 2010)

Evils' records ―  7 million persons in time (Taiwan's population: 23 million) were being listened, Apple Daily, '03
Taiwan is a big rotten country
pic left : Taiwan is a big rotten country (Apple Daily, 2009)

score 5.9







score 5.5




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Taiwan's corruption index/scores by year, Transparency International, Germany

pic. above: Taiwan's human rights are better in 2001, 2005, 2006 than records recently.

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